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Wing dad walking 260 miles in memory of daughter

Wing dad walking 260 miles in memory of daughter

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 8:02am 11th August 2019.

After losing his daughter seven years ago a Wing man is walking all the way to Cornwall in her memory.

Dan Branton, has embarked on the challenge of a lifetime, as he walks from Stoke Mandeville Hospital to Harlyn Bay in Cornwall, to raise money for SANDS stillbirth & neonatal death charity.

Dan, a graphic designer from Wing, now on day thirteen of his adventure, is taking three weeks to walk the 260 miles to his final destination on the North Cornish coast, as a tribute to his daughter Constance Elizabeth, who was stillborn in August 2012.

Dan's Mighty Plod 2
Dan's wife joined him for part of the route

'Dan's Mighty Plod' will cover six counties before reaching Harlyn Bay, where Constance's ashes were scattered.

Dan said,

"In August 2012, my second daughter Constance Elizabeth was born sleeping at full term pregnancy, which was an incredibly tough time for both myself and my family."

"Fast forward seven years and I have decided to walk the 260 miles from Constance's birthplace at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury to Harlyn Bay in North Cornwall, where we scattered her ashes.

"As well as doing this in memory of my daughter, who would have been seven this summer, I want to raise much needed funding and awareness for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, which provides vital support and advice for bereaved parents."

He also told us he's thrilled with how much money he's already raised:

"Since announcing the challenge to family and friends I have already raised over £4100 in donations, already exceeding my £2500 target.

"The challenge itself will be completely self-funded by myself, including accommodation, logistics and equipment. I have a JustGiving page, so any online donations would be gratefully received."

The training for his challenge has been a massive shift compared to his desk-based role at work, sometimes walking morning, noon and night around his job in order to get the training miles in.

Dan is looking forward to completing his journey, which he has been planning now for the last twelve months.

He's hoping to finish the challenge on Sunday 18th August in Harlyn Bay and three days later they will celebrate what would have been Constance's seventh birthday on the beach,

You can follow his progress on Facebook and his donate to his JustGiving page here.

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